London Film Festival names Russian Arctic drama best movie

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Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky's icy Arctic drama "How I Ended This Summer" won the best film award at this year's London Film Festival.

The movie explores the themes of isolation and alienation through the story of two men -- played by Sergei Puskepalis and Grigory Dobrygin -- who spend a summer working at a meteorological station in the Arctic Circle.

"'How I Ended This Summer' is a visceral psychological drama set in the immersive landscape of the windswept Arctic," said chair of the jury Patricia Clarkson, as she handed down the award late Wednesday.

The film also won recognition at the last Berlin International Film Festival, where the actors shared the Silver Bear for Best Actor.

Elsewhere, the 54th edition of the British Film Institute (BFI) London festival named Clio Barnard as best British newcomer for her film "The Arbor," which explores the life and legacy of late British playwright Andrea Dunbar.

For her film, Barnard was also honoured with "The Sutherland Award," which goes to the director of the most original and imaginative feature debut at the festival.

Oscar-winning British director Danny Boyle, best known for his movie "Slumdog Millionaire", was awarded a BFI Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to film culture.

His latest film "127 Hours" will close the festival Thursday.

The London Film Festival has been put on every year since 1956 by the BFI, a charity which aims to promote cinema.

In contrast to more elitist festivals, such as Cannes and Venice, the London event aims to give the general public a chance to see the widest possible selection of films from across the globe.

More than 300 works will be shown this year from around 50 countries.

© 2010 AFP

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